The ' Royal Air Forces Association '
23 August 2018
The ' Royal Air Forces Association ' Wales, Midland and South Western Area " Royal Air Force Centenary Token Tour " Plymouth Branch are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force between the 9th September and the 15th September 2018.
In 2018 the Royal Air Force will be 100 years old having been formed on the 1st April 1918 by the amalgamation of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps, the first Commander of the new organisation was Major General Hugh Trenchard. The Wales, Midland and South Western Area of the Royal Air Forces Association, the Charity that supports the RAF family, is marking this auspicious anniversary throughout 2018 and the Plymouth Branch will be participating.
Tokens representing the three founding components of the RAF are travelling from Branch to Branch throughout Wales, the Midlands and the South West and the token representing Major General Trenchard will be arriving at the RAF and Allied Air Forces Monument on Plymouth Hoe by motor vehicle. It will be met by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, the Patron of the Monument, together with the President of the Plymouth Branch of the RAFA, Group Captain R. J. Colver OBE RAF ( Ret'd ) and officers of the Branch. The token is scheduled to arrive on the 9th September at 1100 hours and following the hand over ceremony will be taken to the Branch Headquarters for safe keeping. Members of the public are most welcome to view the ceremony.
The token will remain under the custodianship of the Plymouth Branch for a week before being handed over to the Bodmin Branch of the RAFA on the 15th September to continue its journey throughout the RAFA branches in Cornwall.
During its stay in Plymouth the token will be displayed at various locations and we cordially invite members of the public to join us at these venues to view the token and help us to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. You will be able to meet our Branch Officers and members and learn about the important work which RAFA carries out in support of all members of the RAF family, from the newest recruit to the oldest veterans, their spouses and dependent children.
You can view the ' Trenchard Token ' at the following venues :-
Monday 10th September from 1100 - 1700 at the Raffles Club, 5 Ermington Terrace, Mutley, PL4 6QG.
Tuesday 11th September from 1030 - 1500 at the House of Fraser, PL1 1DY.
Wednesday 12th September from 1100 - 1430 at RAF Harrowbeer ( Knightstone Tearooms ), Yelverton, PL20 6BT.
Thursday 13th September 1100 - 1500 at Ford Park Cemetery, PL4 6NT.
Friday 14th September 1030 - 1500 at the House of Fraser, PL1 1DY.
Saturday 15th September token to be transported by WW11 military vehicle to Bodmin.